Miami Days, Havana Nights By Linda Bennett Pennell. Once again I’m blown away at how much I enjoyed take a step back through time with this story. The author just has a way with words turned into vivid movie like stories. From start to finish it’s an incredible journey readers are taken on in past and present with characters you can’t help but feel connected with. I found myself so drawn into the story I just couldn’t put it down which definitely lead to a late night but it was definitely worth it. It’s got a well balanced mix of suspense and romance I found myself trying to flip the pages as fast as possible while also not wanting it to end. It’s well written and paced nicely never feeling rushed or lacking anything. Five stars and highly recommend!
Miami Days, Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell
I have to say that I was quite taken in by this book. This is the second book from this author I have read and I wasn’t disappointed. The author has quite a unique story line. The characters are very realistic. I felt as though I was right there in the book going through all the drama with them.
I really enjoyed seeing how Liz’s story has continued. I really like how the author balances the history she is researching with the present day to tell the story. I do really like to read various genres and this is just what I needed. I really would like to read more from this author in the future.
Miami Days, Havana Nights is the followup to Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel, by Linda Bennett Pennell. It isn’t listed as a series, but I think a lot of character background can be gained from reading them in order. I quickly fell in love with this book, as it was an interesting story (2 actually) and a bit of history. The chapters alternate telling the story of Sam Ackerman and Liz Reams. At the end, they merge, and you get a full picture. While I did like that, because its 2 stories, set nearly 100 years apart, at times I was annoyed I couldn’t see what happened next for another chapter. It was hard to alternate, only because it keeps you in suspense a while longer.
Sam is a teenager when he witnesses a murder, and is quickly sent off for his protection. He didn’t even get a chance to say goodbye to his mother, and was sent across the country with not even a change of clothes. But its better than being killed or locked up, so he makes the best of it. He falls in love, to someone forbidden, and must try to cut ties with the mob, but seems to keep getting pulled back in.
Liz is a history professor, who’s passion is researching American Crime. She likes to research the unknown, every day man, and write their story and connection with the mob. She is led on quite the dangerous adventure this time, trying to obtain more research.
Highly recommend this one. I hope there are more to come in this series! I want to see what happens with Liz and Hugh!
reviewed by @way2gosmartguy
Miami Days, Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell
I love how the two stories from different time frames connect with each other. I think that when you have two different stories into one book that it can become confusing. However, integrating both stories was very well done. Each story had characters that became important to me, and I couldn’t wait to see what happens next. I can’t wait to see what happens next for Liz!
I enjoyed this book just as much as the first one I read by this author. This author tells a story in the past and the present and she does it awesomely. I had no problems keeping up with this story. The main characters are great and the author made me feel like I was right there with them experiencing everything too. The story was switched back and forth between two characters and that really brought it to life. I enjoyed this story and I am looking forward to reading more by this author. I would recommend this to a friend! Happy reading!
Miami Days and Havana Nights is another suspenseful, action-packed, mystery read from author Linda Bennett Pennell. She has once again captivated me with a story that I wouldn’t usually pick up. This author has created a read that is mentally visual and captivating for the whole read. I like that we get flashes from past and present, it was written smoothly and it flowed from chapter to chapter. I loved the characters, I loved following their story. I loved the suspense that had you on the edge of your seat, its a read that you never get bored of, it will hold you captive till the very end!
I can’t wait to see what else this author brings! But until then do not miss this read, you will not be disappointed.
Reviewed By @tillytillzz
In Miami Days, Havana Nights by author Linda Bennett Pennell we find Professor Liz Reams trying to build on the success she found early in her career. Liz literally stumbles onto the story of Sam, a 17 year old boy who is in the wrong place at the wrong time, witnessing a mob hit. Sam finds himself indebted to mobster, Moshe Toblinsky. Sam’s life further changes when he finds himself in a new place far away from family and everything he has ever known. As Liz follows the bread crumbs to Sam’s mafia connections she begins to question her life and priorities. Is her work worth it? Why can’t she commit to her boyfriend? What in her life actually matters most?
I enjoyed this book, but I had a hard time connecting with Sam and his story. Since I enjoy the author’s writing I continued to the end and am glad I did. This was quite a journey and I look forward to what the author brings about next.
Miami Days, Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell continues to follow our crime writer and Professor, Liz Reams. This time she is looking into the events of a man who is on the wrong side of the mob and Mosche Toblinsky after seeing a murder. The story is written in the same fashion as the first one, where it is based on historical events and we get to see what happened back in 1926. It also interwoven with the present with Liz’s story as she searches for events and the truth and her relationship. It is interesting and suspenseful and is not without the bloodshed and horrors back in that time when having anything to do with the mob. It is easy to imagine all you are reading due to Linda’s writing.
I look forward to more.
Reviewed by @jennadb
I am still finding myself quite taken with these historical fiction novels of Linda Bennett Pennell’s. When I first picked up the Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into but I was instantly hooked. So when I saw Miami Days, Havana Nights was the follow up book I had to have it and had to read it like yesterday.
Miami Days, Havana Nights was another suspenseful, and at times gory, read that kept the pace fast and my tush on the edge of the seat as I read. I loved the stronger undertone of romance that was in this one. Not only did it make the story more relatable it brought us Liz Reams, and I just loved reading her. She is a spunky redhead like myself and I found her extremely entertaining. Sam Ackerman wants nothing more than to love her will he ever get the chance to? I just had to know. I can’t wait to see what will come next from the talented Linda Bennett Pennell.
Miami Days, Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell. This is the second book by this author that I have read. While this book does take place in the earlier years, I wouldn’t really call it a historical book. It was more of a suspenseful novel. Being a fan of mafia books and stories, I knew that this book was right up my alley.
A young Jewish man, the Miami mob, Havana and a University professor all wrapped up into a wonderful book!!! I loved it and I hope you do too!!!